Recent issues concerning contaminated foods have been given wide coverage in the world’s press, which in turn has led the consumer to question the safety of both domestically produced and imported foodstuffs.
The food supply chain has become a complex global system consisting of small to large domestic and foreign manufacturers, processors, packers, distributors, and transporters with few common business practices. Con-sumers now expect year-round supplies of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as more exotic foods. This has increased the risk of a major food safety incident. Compliance with differing government regulations and enforcement policies adds to the complexity.
Objective colorimetric methods for tomato products are based on methods and standards prepared by the University of California at Davis (UCD). Variables are minimized and each processor prepares their standards in a specified manner as defined by UCD. Using a tomato tile, the processor then assigns values based on a hitch standard. After that they can use the tomato tile to standardize their instrument for taking measurements that correlate to the tomato paste standards.
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